Organisation and Volunteer Profiles

 

 

Cairde Activation Centre

Cairde Activation Centre, Clones, Co. Monaghan provides a Day Care Service for adults with intellectual disabilities.  Cairde currently has fifteen service users.  With the change to Garda Vetting this year, Cairde was no longer able to use the service it had previously used to Garda Vet our staff and volunteers. One phone call to Monaghan Volunteer Bureau allayed any fears our organisation had, as staff assured us of their help and gave clear instructions of the process for online vetting.  Consequently we had our staff Garda Vetted without delay which is invaluable to a service like Cairde. 

The Volunteer Bureau has also advertised the fact that Caide is seeking volunteer painters to paint our centre. Again this is an invaluable service and we would like to acknowledge the great support the Bureau provides to the community and voluntary sector.  

Josephine Treanor, Manager of Cairde. 

 

Glaslough Development Association "Park after Dark" Festival 

As a small village community it is very important for Glaslough to raise valuable funds in order to keep our community centre and playground open and also to inspire community spirit and bring people together for a shared cause. On the 27th August this year we ran our second annual Park after Dark music festival (over a 1000 people came!). To do so we needed a small army of volunteers. Thanks to the work of Monaghan Volunteer Centre, helping us write out our advert and placing it on their site, we managed to secure quite a few extra much needed helping hands, without which we would not have been able to achieve our end result. Because when 89 volunteers ,10 committee members, 65 band members and various sponsors and suppliers all came together,( giving freely of their time and talents) the end result that we all achieved together from this generous volunteering spirit was a massive €15,000  raised for Glaslough community and development. So "Thank You Monaghan Volunteer Centre" and" Thank You Volunteers", together we achieve more!  And hopefully we will do it all over again together next year at our 3rd Park after Dark in August 2017. Hope to see you all there! 

Kind regards,

Mary Wood

Glaslough Development Association committee member.

 

Clones Community Forum

Clones Community Forum used the services of the Volunteer Centre in Monaghan for Garda Vetting their group members and the help and advice they received from the Centre on the new on-line facility was much appreciated. 

Josephine McKenna 

 

The Peace Link

The Peace Link is an iconic sports facility in Clones built by the community for the community and since we opened Monaghan Volunteer Centre have been processing our Garda vetting applications. We have 19 staff with six employees on community employment schemes that change annual and Monaghan Voluntary Centre have always be efficient and professional in their service. They provide an invaluable service for The Peace Link, so thank you to MVC for all your help.

Fergal Corrigan, General Manager. 

 Monaghan U3A

Monaghan U3A have used the services of Monaghan Volunteer Centre for a number of years now. 
Without the volunteers that we get through the Centre , our one to one computer classes for older people would not be as successful as they are. We have had a large number of very high quality volunteers help us out. In one case, a volunteer who helped us out a couple of years ago and who is now in full time employment, still offers support to one of her ex 80 year +'Students' when he has a problem with technology. The same volunteer continues to give the committee ongoing assistance with our website. We can always depend on the Volunteer Centre to deliver and we are very appreciative of their help.

Colette Keenan. 

 

 

Castleblayney Trust for the Homeless, Needy & Unemployed

Castleblayney Trust for Homeless Needy & Unemployed has attended information sessions and training events organised by the Volunteer Centre, Monaghan. They have assisted us with Garda Clearance for staff.  The Newsletters are a valuable resource to Community Organisations in Co Monaghan by keeping us up to date with new information.

Thanking you

 

Noeline O'Neill

 

 

Volunteer Dianne McPhelim 

 
"As a busy working Mum I didn't think I could dedicate enough time to volunteering on a regular basis. But volunteering comes in all forms, and I discovered I could help without leaving the house. Initially I registered to assist in a 1916 letters project through Trinity College online, now I knit for two charities; Team Hope, which organises Christmas boxes to be sent abroad and a premature baby unit. The staff in Monaghan Volunteer Bureau are supportive and helpful, and have a volunteer opportunity for everyone, no matter what age or ability, no matter how little time you have to spare."

Volunteer at Drumkill Daycare Centre in Threemilehouse 

Volunteering at a Day Care centre was something I had never even thought of doing, but it has opened a whole new world for me. Although I have worked in the public service industry for a long time, this was something new.  I find working there hugely rewarding, even inspiring. 

 

 

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Marie is Congolese and has been living in Ireland for seven years. She spent the first six years living at St. Patrick’s Accommodation Centre, just outside Monaghan Town. Until her application to remain in Ireland was decided she could not work. However, she was keep to find something to occupy her time and do something useful.

Marie visited Monaghan Volunteer Centre and discussed with our staff what type of volunteering she would like to do. She was keen to do something that helped other people and that allowed her to practice her English. Marie successfully volunteered in two different roles. Once a week she cleaned at St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre. In addition, Marie spent two mornings a week volunteering at the Positive Age charity shop. Funds raised by the shop provide a phone befriending service to older people living alone. Marie benefitted from the opportunity to practice her English. She also enjoyed having something useful to occupy her time and helping other people. Marie has recently received permission to remain in Ireland and has moved out of St. Patrick’s Accommodation Centre. She still volunteers two days per week at the Positive Age shop. She is also attending English Classes two days a week. Her English is now very good. Speaking with staff and customers in the charity shop was a great way to practice. Monaghan Volunteer Centre wishes Marie the very best of luck in her future life in Ireland. . 

  

 Michael McCarty 

Michael McCarthy grew up and went to school in Monaghan. He went on to have a successful career abroad, working in Singapore for many years. In 2013 he returned to live in Monaghan and decided to give something back to the community. Since then he has volunteered with the Positive Age Good Morning Project. This involves making phone calls to older people living alone to check they are ok and chat with them. 

He has also volunteered as a tutor for Monaghan Integrated Development’s “Stay Connected” programme, where he assisted Transition Year students teaching older people to use the internet.  He says “the best gift you can give someone is sharing your knowledge with them.” Michael is also very involved with the Men’s Shed in Monaghan.

  

 

 Fergal McMahon 

Fergal McMahon (on right) pictured with Tim Mohan of Positive Age at their cake sale in Monaghan Shopping Centre.

Fergal McMahon from Silverstream, Monaghan volunteers regularly with the Positive Age “Good Morning” project and at the Solas Drop in Centre.  He is also a dedicated fundraiser and regularly organises and takes parts in collections for a range of charities including Barnardos, Aware, the Simon Community and more. 

 

 

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Back when I was 17 I came across a leaflet in the library for the Monaghan Volunteer Centre. It seemed very interesting to me so I decided to sign up and see what volunteering opportunities were available for me. I felt it would be a great way to spend my time during the summer holidays. From there I became a volunteer youth leader for a summer camp in Teach Na nDaoine, Mullaghmatt, Monaghan. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and discovered that I got on very well with the young members of the camp and I enjoyed talking with them and helping them.

After that, I helped the “Helping Hands” volunteer organisation paint and redecorate the Rehab Centre in Monaghan. It felt very fulfilling to see the end result and how it was going to benefit those that use the Rehab Centre.

I then helped as a youth leader in the youth café in Mullaghmatt, Monaghan. I enjoyed spending time with the young people there and helping to give advice with issues such as being put down by bullies and being treated unfairly.  

Once I completed school then I decided to do more volunteering in my spare time. I volunteered in the Drumkill Day Care Centre in Threemile House, which provide day care service for older people, including those with dementia. It was while volunteering there that I discovered that I would suit a job in the caring profession. I have now been accepted onto the "Healthcare Support" course at Monaghan Institute and I know it was my volunteer experience that got me my place. Volunteering has seriously helped to pave the way for my future and has helped me discover new roads in my life.

 

 Kames Bobaker

Kames Bobaker is from Libya and and when he first registed with Monaghan Volunteer Centre he was living at St. Patrick’s Accommodation Centre just outside Monaghan Town.  He was involved with the Scouts at home in Libya and registered with Monaghan Volunteer Centre as he wanted to continue volunteering in Ireland. As an asylum seeker he couldn't work and had plenty of spare time. He wanted to do something useful and also gain experience and skills that will help him when looking for paid work in the future. He volunteered very sucessfully at the Drop In Ministries Charity shop for seven months. Volunteering gave him a chance to practice his English, which is already excellent. Kames has since received permission to remain in Ireland long term and is studying full time.

Kames’ first volunteer role here was the Irish Heart Foundation “Happy Heart” collection.